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Daily Prayer - 2013-01-26


I remind myself that, as I sit here now,
God is gazing on me with love and holding me in being.
I pause for a moment and think of this.


I will ask God's help,
to be free from my own preoccupations,
to be open to God in this time of prayer,
to come to know, love and serve God more.


I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord.
I will take refuge in His loving heart.
He is my strength in times of weakness.
He is my comforter in times of sorrow.

The Word of God

Mark 3:20-21

Then Jesus went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • The intensity of the ministry of Jesus is brought out by the assertion that he and his disciples could not even eat. The crowds were claiming Jesus’ attention as though they owned him. They expected him to be there for them all of the time.
  • The family (nuclear or extended?) of Jesus are aware of what is happening and have concluded that things have gone too far. He needs to be restrained, protected from himself as well as from the people. He is out of his mind, he is crazy!
  • Besides, traditional societies have placed a high priority on family honour. Jesus is threatening to bring dishonour to his family if he continues to act in such a foolish way. And what of these controversies he gets embroiled in with the Jewish religious leaders? Jesus’ family will be tainted by his arrogance!
  • Can you empathise with his family’s concerns?


Friends don’t keep secrets from one another.
As I pray, can I look at Jesus as my friend
And share my innermost thoughts with him
Trusting that He understands?


I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.


If you appreciated the daily prayer or have any suggestions or insights we will be glad to hear from you.

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